Paragliding from the top hill point in Pokhara situated 1500m above sea level is named as Sarangkot. It is the best destination if you are brave and adventurous enough to fly off from the cliff. You will be flying above 500m from the takeoff point with a professional pilot to assist you since this is a Tandem flight.
Do not worry if you are a first timer, once you take off, the beauty of the Himalayan ranges and the beautiful view of the Pokhara city and village will mesmerize you to forget the fear. Our flight ends gliding beside the beautiful Phewa Lake and then return to the main office through the vehicle, which will be waiting for you that initially, took you to the takeoff point.
If you are interested in the Acrobatic flying after you take off, you can let the pilot know beforehand so that he gets prepared for it. In this acrobatic flying the pilot will spin you through the air which might make you feel a bit nausea but not that scary. If you love adventure, you would definitely want to try this experience.
The best time to do paragliding in Nepal is in autumn season during September, October and November, which is also the peak time for the tourists. Also in the spring season during March and April you can do the paragliding. However, depending on the rainy and windy days, paragliding can be done all around the year.
You will be picked up from your accommodation and drive or walk to the paragliding city office.
You will be driving 45 mins from the city office to the take-off at Sarangkot hill.
Once you reach take-off place Sarangkot, you will be introduced with the tandem pilot and he will explain about this experience. Be ready to take off and our flight will be about 25-30 min.
After your paragliding is done, you will be picked up and drop you to the office. From there you can go to your hotel or do some sightseeing if you still have the energy for the day.
If cancelled because of the bad weather, first you will be offered a different date and if that does not suit you then only full refund will be provided.
There’s compulsorily no minimum weight for a tandem flight. But the maximum weight for a tandem flight should limit to around 120 kg (265lbs). The pilot will be there to assist you, so he/she will balance the weight for tandem flight.
Don’t worry if you feel you are old for it, until and unless you have the confidence that you are ready to jump. The only thing you need to be prepared is you should be fit enough to take some steps of running while landing.
We recommend you to wear comfortable shoes or sports shoes while flying so that you do not drop it while flying in the air. If you don’t want the pressure of air to disturb your vision, wear sunglasses. We also recommend you to wear windproof jacket if you think is required.
In the Tandem flight you will be flying with a certified pilot where the passenger and the pilot have harnesses that are attached with each other and the glider. You will feel like sitting in a couch once you are in the air.
The duration of flying is 25-30 min, but you will have to allocate 2-3 hours for traveling to the takeoff point and come back.
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Rain is the main factor that cancels the flights. So it is impossible to takeoff while raining. But if it rains during the flight, do not panic, the pilot will land you safely. If the flight gets stopped with the rain and your flight had just begun or was less than 15 mins, they will take you in another flight.
Since there will be pilot to assist you, there is no need for you to learn how to paraglide. But they will provide you some tips that is required before take off.
Yes, paragliding is a safe sports activity. The only thing that influences is the weather, but since the pilots are well trained they can handle the situation easily.
You should talk with your insurance company about it. Ask them whether they provide the coverage for the extreme sports activities or not.